Academic success in higher education depends on more than top-notch classes, excellent instructors, and a nice campus with state-of-the-art facilities. The support system surrounding the student body is also critically important for providing a productive and healthy academic experience. 

Administrators at educational institutions and organizations dedicated to seeing students thrive know that special programs focused on student success and wellness can make all the difference. Many of them have wonderful ideas for new initiatives – or a desire to continue and expand great existing programs – but may not have enough funding to make it a reality.

Fortunately, there are numerous funding opportunities out there provided by government agencies, businesses, and foundations that also understand the value of supporting student success and well-being. We did some of the legwork for you and compiled a list of many of these grants, both big and small, national and local.

Click on the links to get further details about eligibility and application guidelines.

Accelerating Academic Success Program
National Collegiate Athletic Association

The NCAA offers both comprehensive, multi-year grants and single-year, initiatives grants to eligible schools that want to develop systems and programming aimed at furthering academic success.

Deadline for submission is in March.

ACHF College Well-Being Funding Opportunity
American College Health Foundation

This opportunity offers up to two $3,500 awards to institutions of higher education interested in creating or improving elements of their campus infrastructure to improve student well-being.

Deadline for submission is in February.

Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation Grants

Grants are given by this foundation to support programs that promote physical and mental well-being for people in the four-county area of Holmes, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Wayne in Ohio.

Grants are awarded twice a year. Deadlines for submission are December and June.

Bringing Theory to Practice AMP Grants

Grants offered range from $500 to $3,000. The funds can be used for a variety of activities that are aligned with Bringing Theory to Practice’s commitment to supporting undergraduate education that is holistic, transformative, and nurtures personal well-being.  

Proposals are accepted in March. 

The California Wellness Foundation

Cal Wellness provides grants in many areas, including increasing educational opportunities for resilient youth. Among the programs they have funded are Humboldt State University’s ELITE Scholars Program and Los Angeles Mission College’s efforts to improve the well-being of youth who are transitioning from juvenile justice facilities to postsecondary education. Typical recent grants were $200,000-$250,000 for three years. 

Submissions accepted on a rolling basis.

Entergy Micro Grants

Program areas supported by Entergy’s micro grants (which are up to $1,000 each) include arts and culture; community improvement/enrichment; economic development, education/literacy, environment and healthy families.

Submissions are accepted throughout the year.

Faculty / Student Innovation Grants
Cabrillo Education Foundation (CEF)

Eight $1,000 grants (six for faculty, two for faculty-sponsored students) are available for funding a new approach or the improvement of a current program to increase student success. This could include initiatives like career readiness programs, learning communities, or programs for disadvantaged students.

Deadline for submission is in October.

FirstRisk Advisors Initiatives in College Mental/Behavioral Health Funding Opportunity
American College Health Foundation

Offering $3,500 in funding, this program is designed to establish creative initiatives addressing the prevention, intervention, and treatment of both mental and behavior disorders in students, with a goal towards enhancing health and supporting student learning. 

Deadline for submission is in February.

Michigan Health Endowment Fund

Through five annual grantmaking programs—in areas that include Behavioral Health, Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyles, and Community Health Impact—Michigan’s Health Fund has provided numerous awards for initiatives such as Wayne State University’s Youth Advancing Community Health program. 

Application deadlines vary.

NASPA Innovation Grants Program
The NASPA Foundation

In its effort to be a champion of innovation for higher education, NASPA offers funds for implementing innovative ideas that lead to student success. Three levels of grants are available for this funding opportunity: $1,000, $1,000-$3,000, and $3,000-$5,000. 

Deadline for submission is in October.

Seeds of Hope / Bridging the Gap Grant Programs
Transforming Youth Recovery (TYR)

TYR has distributed well over 100 grants to both 2-year and 4-year institutions across the U.S. to support and establish recovery programs for college students who suffer from substance use disorders.  

Submission deadlines vary.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, SAMHSA offers an array of grants to support programs around suicide prevention, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, and much more.

Submission deadlines vary.

Title III Part A Programs – Strengthening Institutions
U.S. Department of Education

Designed to expand the capacity to better serve low-income students, these Title III funds can be used for projects such as student service programs for improving academic success.

Deadline for submission is in July.

Webb Family Foundation Grants

This foundation supports innovative non-profit organizations seeking to serve under-resourced youth. An example of a recent Webb Family Foundation grantee is College Track, a 10-year program that works to help students succeed from high school through college graduation and beyond. 

Deadline for submission is in June.

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